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>>> i view this situation as one big lie that i repeated a lot of times. >> lance armstrong's lies. now that america has seen his confession, will the truth set him free? >>> hostage crisis in the desert. americans still believed to be among the captives after a risky rescue attempt fails to free all of them. >>> power struggle in the northeast. trees and power lines affected by snow, we have so much to talk about this morning. boy, what a night. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm john berman. friday, january 18th. and, man, what a moment ma. for years, lance armstrong cheated, lance armstrong lied. but last night in big public fashion he came clean. in a gripping, surreal interview with oprah, he told oprah point blank he doped to win each of his seven consecutive tour de france titles. he systematically died about doping and ruthlessly attacked his accusers. the 90-minute interview began by cutting to the chase. simple yes or no questions. >> let's start with the questions that people around the world have been waiting for you to answer and f
an answer for that. gary tuchman, thank you. >>> let's stay with sports now and lance armstrong. he opened up to oprah winfrey in a second and final part of their really highly anticipated interview about the effect his doping had on his family. and he actually teared up a bit when he recalled telling his 13-year-old son about using those performance enhancing drugs. >> when this all really started, i saw my son defending me. and saying, that's not true. what you're saying about my dad is not true. and it almost goes to this question of "why now?" and i can't -- yeah. that's when i knew i had to tell him. and he'd never ask me. he never said, dad, is this true? he trusted me. i said, don't defend me anymore. don't. >> but even after those tears, armstrong, the competitor, came through. you know, after this unbelievable fall from grace, the lifetime ban, he says he wants to race again. ed lavendera is in armstrong's hometown of austin, texas. ed, a thousand-page report from u.s.ada on doping. stripped of the tour de france titles, losing the olympic medal from sydney in 2000, the lifetime b
armstrong's full baring session with oprah winfrey, you know this is not the lance who cruised to seven tour de france bicycle victories and rolled over anyone who crossed him. this lance is saying yes, after more than a decade of saying no. >> yes or no, did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> yes or no, was one of those banned substances epo? >> yes. >> did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> did you ever use any other banned substances like testosterone, courtisone or humn growth hormone? >> yeah. >> yes or no, in all seven of your tour de france victories did you ever take banned substances or blood dope? >> yes. >> in your opinion was it humanly possible to win the tour de france without doping? seven times in a row. >> not in my opinion. >> wow. and that was just in the first minute and a half of the interview. you kind of got it all there. but, really, there is so much more, and i'm going to play a lot more in the hour ahead. you will hear more of lance armstrong's jaw-dropping interv
stories of the day. >> i view this situation as one big lie. >> after years of denials, lance armstrong admits now to using performance-enhancing drugs to win his seven tour de france titles. we'll take a closer look at armstrong's interview with oprah winfrey and talk with experts about whether this admission is going to help or hurt the brand. >>> but first the deadly hostage situation in algeria. the army has freed some 650 people from islamist militants in a remolt oil field. moats of the freed are algerian. the u.s. is in the process right now of evacuating the americans and other foreign nationals of the rescue. >> as much as i would like to be out, some of our colleagues are safe for the moment. >> i feel safe for the moment. >> americans are believed to be among the missing still. this is day three of the bloody siege. the effort to rescue remaining hostages. i want to bring in vlad, we understand this is happening in various locations near the plant. >> reporter: so the large scale operations to rescue the hostages from the gas plant in eastern algeria has ended but there is st
>> that was beautiful. want to thank kenny chesney for. reports say disgraced psych lilg legend lance armstrong has told oprah what he's always denied to the world. >>> infective accident. a medical accident may have exposed hundreds of war vets to hiv. >>> and facebook's big secret. mystery surrounds a special event. later today. good morning to you. thanks for being with us this morning. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm john burman. check out the cover of the "new york post" here. lie strong. why are we talking about it? >> everybody's talking about it. they say in an interview with oprah winfrey he admits for the first time he used performance-enhancing drugs while racking up win after win on the cycling tour. let that sink in for a moment because for years armstrong not only denied using the drugs and meth audios but he viciously attacked everyone who said he did. now that appears to be a giant sham. sources say he's in talks to return sponsorship money and may be ready to testify against others. cnn's ed lavandera is live in austin, texas. ed, what do we know about this confession? >> i think the m
you, if you watch this oprah winfrey interview with lance armstrong, or even if you didn't, all you have to do is be on twitter because the tweets were aflying. i want to yell and scream about lance. but he is now truly irrelevant to my wife. my young kids will on know him as a cheater. armstrong is right that the culture was rife with cheating, what set him apart was he tried to destroy anyone who told the truth. when is the oprah interview where lance armstrong confesses to lying in his oprah interview. just a couple of the tweets there. thank you so much for watching today. as always, check out the brooke blog, see the latest interviews that we do on the show at cnn.com/brooke. i am about to hop on a plane headed to washington where i know wolf blitzer is standing by. i hope you join us through the weekend and of course monday for the big special, for the presidential inauguration 2013. we will cover it as cnn can from every which angle. we hope you join us from washington. and speaking of, i hear a certain someone is out of the studio and on the national wall for a special editi
that will be hard to pass. we'll hear part of oprah winfrey's reaction to lance armstrong's confession. plus, an exclusive look inside a lab that could save your life. see how close we are to a super vaccine to keep you from getting the flu for years. wolf blitzer's off today. i'm joe johns. you're in "the situation room." we begin now with a guessing game about what is in president obama's so called comprehensive proposals to cut down on gun violence. the president and vice president are set to unveil their plans tomorrow and even though officials are trying to keep the deal under wraps, we already know what is in the plan. jessica yellin has been working her sources and joins us live now. what do you know? >> joe, today vice president biden delivered his plan to the president just a month after the newtown shootings and among the top recommendations that the president will unveil tomorrow we're told are enhanced background checks for gun sales of all kinds. the president has outlined two types of paths forward for the president. he has told legislators that he is going to give the presiden
. >>> also, what else can he say? now that lance armstrong has admitted to doping, we will hear what he says to oprah winfrey again tonight. >>> plus, our own martin savidge rides along as authorities break up an elaborate sex slave network right here in the united states. you will not believe the conditions the women had to endure. >>> i'm wolf blitzer here on the national wall in washington. behind me the west front of the u.s. capitol where president barack obama will take the oath of office on monday. we're counting down to the inauguration. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with what we now know is the ongoing hostage crisis in algeria. right now it's unclear how many americans are being held by terrorists. but we do know the united states, the obama administration has rejected an offer to exchange an undisclosed number of american hostages. other hostages have been freed and hair he would winning new details are emerging about their treatment. for the details, let's bring in jill dougherty. she's over at the state department. jill? >> wolf, just a few minutes ago here at the
the pontial for t iron jabs to somhing back. >> rose: the lance armstrong story with coyle, macur and david epstein and sally jenkins. >> plus ian bremmer on the international risks for 2013 when we continue. >> funding for charlie rose was provided by the following. mye-e captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: lance armstrong by any measure was widely known as the king of cycling but the career of this seven-time tour de france winner has been marred in controversy, last year the u.s. anti-doping agency accused him of running the most sophisticated doping program in history, armstrong denied the allegations for over a decade, he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview recorded with oprah winfrey on monday, oprah spoke to me today on cbs this morning about the interview. >> i would rather people make their own decisions about whether he was contrite or not, i felt he was thoughtful, i thought he was serious, i thought that he certainly had prepared himself for this moment. i would say that he met th
a flu shot. >> plus developing news about what lance armstrong told oprah winfrey this afternoon and what she tweeted after the interview. >>> complete bay area news coverage starts right now, this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5:00 p.m. >>> bay area doctors say a flu epidemic is on the way. have you got your flu shot yet? if you haven't you might have problems finding a place to get it. health and science editor john fowler tells us why it could be in short supply. >> reporter: no question this vaccine can protect you if you could find it. doctors say the flu is headed our way. >> reporter: at kaiser hospital today -- >> i am afraid you have an air infection. >> reporter: she brought in her son. >> can you open big for me? >> reporter: he is feeling sick. neither had the flu vaccine. they each got a flu shot but we learned flu vaccine may soon be hard to come by. kaiser bought 1% of the nation's total supply. >> for this week we are okay. but beyond then we are not sure about our supply. >> reporter: i called contra costa county target pharmacy, cvs and walgreen's, all were out for
app. so you can watch from your tv, phone or ipad. >>> coming up next, more of lance armstrong's oprah interview. tonight we get to see the apology. >>> i'm meteorologist topper shutt. temperature 40 today. you can sleep in a little bit. 7:00. 22-32. 9:00, 32-40. and by 11:00, pretty nice. mostly sunny. 38-44. cool, yes, but nice. we'll come back and talk about the rest of the weekend, a few changes in the forecast, and we'll also track the coldest air >>> well, the thermometer, she is a falling. >> she is. like a rock. [ laughing ] >> you have no idea what awaits you, my friend. >> oh, my goodness. >> pretty cold out there right now. but just kind of a taste of what is headed our way next week. let's start with a live look outside. it's clear as a bell. that's the silver lining, i think. it's our live michael and son weather camera looking at the kennedy center. again, high of 40. the average high is 42. so in the ballpark. 34 downtown right now. dew points coming up a little bit in the upper teens. they were in the single digits earlier. just wait until next week, the dew points are
the fraud. after years of denial, lance armstrong finally admits to lying and doping throughout his cycling career. >> i've use d this situation as one big lie. that i repeated a lot of times. >> and he admits to bullying ne who tried to expose him. this morning, armstrong's former teammate, and the head of his charity, react in exclusive live interviews. >>> not adding up, new details come out about the hoax surrounding notre dame football star manti te'o and new questions over how he didn't know his girlfriend never existed. when will the truth come out? >>> and new term, new do. first lady michelle obama changes up her hairstyle with a bang as the final preparations are being made in washington to host the president's second inaugural "today," friday, january 18th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. this is a confession years in the making. did you watch lance ar
with lance armstrong? >> well, i think the thing that's been unanswered that lance armstrong needs to do is am i human? do i have a heart in my chest? do i have actual warm blood coursing through my veins? this was a disaster of both form and content. in terms of form, lance armstrong came across as being cold, calculating, emotionless, particularly when he spoke about the lives that he has affected and the lives he has hurt. in terms of content, i mean, this was the part that really floored me. i thought beforehand, lance armstrong had a difficult task because he needed to do two things simultaneously. he needed to show the united states anti-doping agency that he was willing to play ball with them, that he was willing to be repentant. and he needed to get across to the american people that he felt sorry, that he felt bad about what he did in order to restore his reputation. he really did neither of those things. he rejected the core of the anti-doping agency report that he bullied other riders into doping. that he led a ring of bikers who doped in the sport. yet, at the same time, he a
substances oblood dope? >> yes. >>> that's a stoic seeming lance armstrong trying to salvage what's left of his reputation and stage another comeback. he tells some of the truth, at least, to oprah slowly. good morning. this is "way too early," the show that believes for every banned substance there's an unbanned one that's just as good. thanks for getting up with us early this friday, january 18th. a lot to cover today, including the ongoing hostage situation in the middle of the sahara desert. there's an unspecified number of americans that remain held there after a failed rescue attempt. >>> plus, we have a spanking new nbc news/wall street journal poll. this is fresh terrain for gun control advocates. the question is, will poll numbers affect the issue. >>> first, one of the longest running lies in the history of sports is now at least partially over. there's no doubt that lance armstrong's remarkable journey of comeback and triumph was a fraudulent fairy tale. in that interview with oprah winfrey aired last night, the disgraced seven-time tour de france winner confessed repea
and actress angie harmon. friday, january 18th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> lance armstrong comes clean after years of lying. he admits he used performance enhancing drugs to win all seven of his tour de france titles. he admitted he consistently lied about doping and recklessly attacks his accusers, the interview on own began with a series of yes or no questions. >> let's start with the questions that people around the world have been waiting for you to answer. and for now, i'd like a yes or a no, okay? this whole conversation, we have a lot of time, will be about the details. yes or no. did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> yes or no, was one of those banned substances epo? >> yes. >> did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> did you ever use any other banned substances, like testosterone, cortizone, or human growth hormone? >> yes. >> yes or no. in all seven of your tour de france victories, did you ever take banneded substances or blood dope? >> no. >> in your opinion, was it
neck. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >>> lance armstrong confesses to doping, deceit and bullying. so what is next for this disgraced cyclist. >>> and notre dame football star player manti te'o, his girlfriend never existed. where did this elaborate lie begin? and who is this alleged mastermind behind such a web of deception. >>> and guess who's coming to washington this weekend? ♪ can't you see the sunshine >> beyonce, james taylor, kelly clarkson. the stars set to rock the capital for the 2013 presidential inauguration. >>> happy friday. you are watching "cnn newsroom." i'm brooke baldwin. we begin with new details on that hostage situation developing in algeria. here is what we know right now. algerian state media reports 650 hostages have been freed. in fact, what you're looking at right here this is brand-new video we have gotten of some of these -- they're hugging, they're thrilled they're free. but some workers are still hiding out at the desert site. operations around the plant are reportedly still going on. and while many of the details on this situation still remain un
. >>> is lance armstrong still holding on to secrets? >> he did not come clean in the manner that i expected. it was surprising to me. >> what does oprah mean that she was surprised and that he didn't come clean? more on lance's so-called admission that he was doping and now the justice department is considering joining a lawsuit against lance armstrong. >>> plus, why democratic senator chuck schumer now says he is ready to support former republican senator chuck hagel for defense secretary and what that means for hagel's chances of confirmation. >>> and the first lady teams up with the world's largest retailer to put veterans back to work. details on what the first lady calls walmart's historic and groundbreaking plan. >>> and you can join our conversation on twitter. my twitter page is @tamronhall and you can reach my team. ♪ many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. now tell the world daniel... excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game.
's start with this. lance slide. it's not like we didn't see this coming for a long time. lance armstrong's cheating and deceptions have been chronicled, reported and testified for years. lance armstrong was no ordinary cheat, no fourth outfielder or linebacker hoping for extra muscle. lance armstrong was an international hero, a seven-time tour de france, winner, the babe ruth, mohammad ali, the usain bolt of his sport. not to mention a public face in the fight against cancer. yet in his confessional last night with oprah, he confessed only what was obvious to anyone who wanted to see it, that he doped throughout his cycling career. but armstrong did not admit to cheating, denied he was a doping ringleader, didn't admit to bullying and worst of all, seemed emotionally incapable of sympathy for ts people whose lives he ruined and money he took when they tried to do nothing more than tell the truth about what he had done. joining me is "the daily beast's" buzz bissinger and sports editor for "the nation" dave zirin. buzz, i have to bring it up, in august of 2012, just five months ago, you
career. >>> another sports scandal unfolding today. lance armstrong, years of cheating. already lost this tour de france titles. now, just hours before his interview with oprah, he is losing hi olympic medal. can his brand be repaired? >> more now on the apparent hooks involving a top college football player. his online girlfriend who he now says turned out to be fake and the many questions how everybody seemed to be duped. we have the president of the communications firm emregard partners, co-author of a book about how p.r. trumps advertising in the new media world. >>> s i mentioned, i went back and looked at four different interviews that te'o game. he leave as clear impression they had a face-to-face permanent -- personal relationship. now he is saying, i never really met her. doesn't add up. >> lance armstrong couldn't even make this one up. so bizarre. the lessons, don't believe what you see on the internet. don't believe the sports information, public relations machine at colleges. journalists are gullible. no offense. the big question here is the one that you're suggesting. w
'brien starts right now. . >> our starting point coming clean. lance armstrong reportedly confessing he used performance-enhancing drugs. why is he telling the truth now. president obama is reviewing recommendations to prevent gun violence. will he use the executive order to tweak existing gun laws? as washington prepares to duke it out over the debt ceiling, one said we should get rid of it all together? does ben bernanke have a point? >> the nra releases a new target practice ap for kids as young as 4. >> we have a packed show for you this morning. mike thompson joins us and greg walden is our guest. the congressman and newly crowned miss america, mallory hagen will be joining us. tuesday, january 15th and starting point begins right now. . >>> welcome to starting point. after years and years of lying to the world, lance armstrong is finally coming clean. there report he's confessed to oprah winfrey and he used drugs to win his titles. sources say he is in talks to have some of the millions he was paid by the postal service to sponsor the tour. cnn's ed is live in austin, texas. let's talk
to drive that though, it boils down to public culture. >> on the winning and losing on lance armstrong, there is honor in running a clean race even if you don't win. >> more lawyers involved always. "starting point" tomorrow, congresswoman tammy duckworth will join us. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello joins us right now. >>> stories in "the newsroom" lance armstrong reportedly admits to oprah he cheated and that may not be the most painful part of his confession. >>> veterans wanted. walmart has a new plan that could give thousands of veterans a job. >>> plus this -- >> for over 125 years we've been bringing people together. today we'd like people to come together on something that concerns all of us, obesity, the long-term health of our families and the country is at stake. >> coca-cola is pushed to reduce obesity, a commercial aimed at ending the issue of this generation. is it really damage control as some critics are charging? >>> facebook is revealing a big secret. the only view is on the invitation to the media, come see what we're building. what it might be, in a bit. plus. >>
and friends first. it is the interview everyone is talking about. lance armstrong. we will have the latest on his confession in just minutes. >> first your 5@5:00. the top five stories making tnes at this hour. it could be a break in the murder of the border agent. a mexican national says he shot terry dead when evidences caught trying to do a drug shipment near the border. he turned himself in threatening to kill a sheriff in texas. two guns linked to the fast and furious operation were found near the murder scene. >>> the fbi is under criticism about the benghazi take. top libyan officials including the prime minister and intelligence chief. the trip to tripoli comes as a key suspect in the attack was recently released by tunisian officials. the attack on the consulate left four americans dead. >> two fighter jets escort a plane with an accused hijacker on board. they got word an hijacker was on board. the man was questioned. but the fbic says the passenger didn't seem to be a threat. he slept through most of the flight. they are trying to determine if the call was a hoax. >> what caused
mirkirimi. >> cyclist lance armstrong confesses to doping and now the world around him has changed. ed lavandera takes a closer look. >> reporter: just after the u-s anti-doping agency released it's "reasoned decision" report last october condemning lance armstrong as a doper. the cycling icon made his first public appearance in one of the few safe places he had left. armstrong had just stepped down as the chairman of livestrong, days before the foundation's annual ride for the roses charity biking event in austin, texas. he was surrounded by more than 4-thousand cyclists. many of them cancer survivors. >> "obviously it has been interesting and as i said the other night, at times very difficult few weeks people ask me a lot how you doing, well i've been better but i've also been worse." as the lance armstrong myth >> reporter: has unraveled over the years. he's now often criticized for using his relationship with cancer survivors and the livestrong foundation to salvage his public image. it's been called the "magic cancer shield." texas monthly magazine writer michael hall has profile
performance? >> yes. >> lance armstrong and the one big lie. >> this is too late. that's my fault. i view this situation as one big lie. that i repeated a lot of times. >> the fallout and the fury from the people around armstrong. >> you owed it to me lance, and you dropped the ball, after what you've done to me, what you've done to my family, and you couldn't own up to it, and now we're supposed to believe you? >> this morning, what happens next? is lance armstrong done for good? >>> also ahead, hostage crisis, the fate of americans deep in the sahara desert, unclear this morning. >> this incident will be resolved we hope with a minimum loss of life. >> today, tales of terror from those who escape. >> duct tape over his mouth and his hands tied. >> we're live with the latest. >>> and one-on-one with robert redford and the sundance festival he created. >> it was so big, it became almost like frankenstein's monster in a good way. >> we sit down with the film legend and talk hollywood, guns, and obama's road ahead. >> what would you like to see him do in this second four years? >>> we're sl
're going to ignore. welcome to a new year of washington gridlock. >>> lance armstrong is apologizing. but what exactly is he admitting he's done wrong? >>> and suzy orman's joining us to explain why you'll have to spend less money this year, and what you need to do to make up for it. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm joe johns. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin with washington's latest standoff. during a white house news conference today, president obama told congressional republicans they will not, in his words, collect a ransom by demanding spending cuts as a condition for raising the debt ceiling. the house of representatives is back in session today, too, and republicans are just as adamant, insisting they won't raise the debt limit, unless the president goes along with spending cuts. let's go live to cnn white house correspondent brianna keilar. >> reporter: president obama stating very clearly today that he will not negotiate deficit reduction, tax increases and spending cuts attached to the debt ceiling. this of course does follow
on "first look," do doping? yes. lance armstrong old oprah it was one big lie he repeated many times. did it hurt him? >>> notre dame's manti te'o talked about the death of his girlfriend twice. but she was never dead because she never existed. >>> preparations for the inauguration are well under way. and back to the future of another kind. >>> good morning. i'm marah schiavocampo. one big lie. that's what lance armstrong said for the first time ever. the seven-time tour de france winner admitted. the world's most famous cyclist talked about the allegations that have been plaguing him for years. this as the justice department extended a deadline as to whether to intervene. kurt gregory has more. >> reporter: a one-word answer. >> did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> reporter: after years of denials, seven-time tour de france winner lance armstrong admitted to oprah winfrey he did use performance enhancing drugs. >> in all seven of your tour de france victories, did you ever take banned substances or blood dope? >> yes. >> reporter: it's an ad
. one big lie. that's what lance armstrong said for the first time ever after more than a decade of denials. the seven-time tour de france winner admitted to cheating by taking banned substancing during his cycling career. some a sitdown with oprah winfrey he talked about the allegations that have been plaguing him for here's. this after the justice department decided to intervene in a whistle-blower lawsuit brought on by a former teammate. nbc's kurt gregory has more. >> a one more answer. >> did you ever take banned substances to enhance your performances? >> yes. >> reporter: after years of denials, seven-time winner lance armstrong admitted to oprah winfrey he did use performance-enhancing drugs. >> in all seven of your tour de france victories did you ever take banned substances or blood dope? >> yes. >> reporter: it's an admission armstrong spent more than a decade denying. >> i've used this situation as one big lie that i repeated a lot of times. >> reporter: those who have followed armstrong say tonight's admission is self-serving. >> i believe he is completely insincere
, spending a vast amount of cash to cover it up, that lance armstrong has finally admitted to blood doping? >> some people really want to be sued. it is what they love in life. you could call it a fetish, an obsession, what have you. there is now a macy's thanksgiving day parade of lawyers lined up outside of the lance armstrong compound waiting to take a bite out of his $100 million fortune. that's going to be the main result that comes out of this. by the time all of this is done, he will make fred sanford look like donald trump. it is done! for lance armstrong in terms of his money. i'm not surprised because look, cycling is the dirtiest sport you could possibly imagine in terms of blood doping. and one of the problems is that as recently as the 1980s everything that is illegal now was legal. so everybody that today's cyclists grew up watching, there were blood doping, they were trying to oxygenate their blood. you have your blood removed from your body and put in several large bags and then reinjected into your body. which doesn't really seem like cheating if you think about it. it is
costello. we begin with a bit of breaking news, lance armstrong takes another hit as the international olympic committee strips him of his bronze medal. he took third place in the men's road cycle individual time trial at the 2000 olympics in sidney, australia. the ioc is asking armstrong to return the medal. the disgraced cyclist competed in the 1996 games in atlanta. the doping scandal that now surrounds armstrong could bring down the sport of cycling in olympic games. cycling may be pulled from the games if the scandal implicating top cycling officials inside the international cycling union, the sports' governing body. more on armstrong's latest trouble in a live report from austin, texas. >>> to another developing story this morning in north africa, in algeria, where the fate of several americans remains unknown. they were taken hostage yesterday during an attack by islamic militants. happened at a gas field owned partly by bp. two people have been killed, and there are reports this morning that some of those hostages have escaped. defense secretary leanne pa net leon panetta not m
matthews, it's not like we didn't see this coming for a long time. lance armstrong was no ordinary cheat. no, he was an international hero. a seven time-tour de france winner, the usain bolt of his sport. not to mention a public face in the fight against cancer. yet in his confessional last night with oprah, he confessed only what was obvious to anyone who wanted to see it, that he doped throughout his cycling career. but armstrong did not admit to cheating, denied he was a doping ringleader, didn't admit to bullying, and seemed emotionally incapable of sympathy for the people whose lives he ruined and money he took when they tried to do nothing more than tell the truth about what he had done. joining me is "the daily beast's" buzz bissinger and sports editor for "the nation" dave zirin. buzz, in august of 2012, just five months ago, you wrote a cover story for "newsweek" entitled "i still believe in lance armstrong," and yet last night his interview with oprah winfrey began with a series of yes and no questions. >> did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance?
believe in lance armstrong," and yet last night his interview with oprah winfrey began with a series of yes and no questions. >> did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> yes or no, was one of those banned substances epo? >> yes. >> did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> did you ever use any other banned substances like testosterone, cortisone, or human growth hormone? >> yes. >> yes or no, in all seven of your tour de france victories, did you ever take banned substances or blood dope? >> yes. >> buzz, you are a pulitzer prize winner, you're a smart guy, friend of mine. how was he able to roll you so recently as a couple months ago? >> well, you know, i cringe when i see that cover, and i say that honestly. i think he was able to roll me because i did not do my due diligence, and i think he aided and abetted just slightly because i spoke to him before i did the story. this was in august. he said he was giving up the fight against usada, but he still seemed defiant. he said the odds w
don't know how far lance armstrong will go with his confession. we won't get a chance to see it until tomorrow. it won't be far enough, according to folks at the world anti doping agency. officials say nothing short of armstrong admitting under oath he used performance enhancing drugs will get him to reconsider their lifetime ban. george howell live in austin, texas. that's lance armstrong's hometown. how has what he has said and we'll see tomorrow, how is that playing in his hometown? >> soledad, good morning. fair to say it is a very different feeling than it was some 12 years ago when i was ai reporter here in austin, covering lance armstrong. i also grew up here, soledad. so my hometown, i remember watching lance armstrong come along. here is a guy who not only irspired people around the world as an athlete, but inspired people as a cancer survivor. for the city of austin, texas. a source of pride. now you can't help but feel as you say here in texas, taken for a ride. a little disappointed about what we will hear on thursday. that's what you find on the the streets of austin, tex
. >>> let's stick with sports. in part two of lance armstrong's interview with oprah winfrey, he teared up when he talked about telling his son not to defend his record anymore. he also told oprah how fighting cancer helped him cope in the wake of that damning 1,000-page usada report. >> i've been to a dark place that was not by doing, i've been to a place where i didn't know if i was going to live, a month, six month, a year, five years, ten years. it's helped me now. i mean, this is not a good time. but it isn't the worst part of my life. >> ed lavendera joins us now from armstrong's hometown of austin, texas. ed, armstrong, as you saw, talked about these dark places and going to these dark places. he told oprah that he's in therapy now. we've seen in social media, in traditional media, the backlash. what else is he seeing in terms of fallout? >> reporter: well, i think many people are still trying to figure out exactly what to make of the two-night interview and whether or not lance armstrong is truly apologetic for what he has done over the last 15 years. and then trying to figure out
>> i view this situation as one big lie. >> lance armstrong finally comes clean to oprah winfrey. more on his admission to using performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career. >> inauguration fever hits the district again. a look at preparations event. >> ♪ ♪ >> and some creative ravens fans hit youtube to cheer on their team ahead of sunday's championship game. "good morning washington" at 5:00 a.m. begins now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. good morning, washington. it is friday, january 18. i am scott thuman. >> i am cynne simpson. got to love friday. we will get to meteorologist jacqui jeras to find out what the forecast told. >> we are just going to look forward to the weekend. we will forget about what has happened and move on. the storm system stayed well to our south and pushed off to the east. we came out with nothing. we do have a couple snow showers trying to dig in this morning. it is not going to amount to much. ms. mosley will be north of the metro area right now. it's 38 degrees in d.c., 36 at dulles, 36 in gaithersb
coming just ahead. plus, lance armstrong with a change of heart, he says or something. now, we're told he has apologized, reports of tears and admission of some kind to oprah winfrey. we're got all the details. new study says more americans are working well past retirement. it says, i wonder why, but that is all ahead unless breaking news changes everything. >> first at 3:00 in new york city. president obama is warning that a political deadlock over the nation's debt ceiling could damage the u.s. economy and beyond. it's estimated without the deal the government could run out of money to pail its bills as early as mid-february. the president said the idea of refusing to raise the debt ceiling is irresponsible and absurd. >> republicans in congress have two choices here. they can act responsibly and pay america's bills are act irresponsibly and put america through another economic crisis. but they will not collect a ransom for not crashing the american economy. >> shep: they say they won't support raising the debt limit and there a battle line. the debt ceiling is the maximum amount of mon
>>> in light of lance armstrong, our talk back question today, why do we cheat? by emphasizing sports over studying nursing or teaching. this from sung, in the end, we, me, you, us, we are the problem. we buy their stuff and cheer them on. we are the problem. not them. and from john, we idolize cheaters and imitate them. oh, we will say they are wrong but we see they are rich and powerful despite their cheating and say, why not? and dale says, people cheat because they are lazy and don't want to do the hard work. cheating is not allowed or tolerated in our home. talk back at facebook.com/carolcnn. and more at 3:00 p.m. eastern with brooke baldwin. cnn "newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. >> carol, thanks very much. we've got big news to bring to you. an actual dramatic turn of events in algeria where americans are among those being held right now. we've got reports that an algerian militant operations currently under way to free the hostages from a remote gas plant located in the eastern part of that country. the algerian state news agency says four hostages h
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